by Wislawa Szymborska, nothing twice.
I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the Warta.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.

我偏爱电影。

我偏爱猫。

我偏爱华尔塔河沿岸的橡树。

我偏爱狄更斯胜过陀思妥耶夫斯基。

我偏爱我对人群的喜欢

胜过我对人类的爱。

I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.

我偏爱绿色。

我偏爱不把一切

都归咎于理性的想法。

我偏爱例外。

我偏爱及早离去。

I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love’s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
that can be celebrated every day.

我偏爱和医生聊些别的话题。

我偏爱线条细致的老式插画。

我偏爱写诗的荒谬

胜过不写诗的荒谬。

我偏爱,就爱情而言,可以天天庆祝的

不特定纪念日。

I prefer moralists
who promise me nothing.
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.

我偏爱不向我做任何

承诺的道德家。

我偏爱狡猾的仁慈胜过过度可信的那种。

我偏爱穿便服的地球。

我偏爱被征服的国家胜过征服者。

我偏爱有些保留。

I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.

我偏爱混乱的地狱胜过秩序井然的地狱。

我偏爱格林童话胜过报纸头版。

我偏爱不开花的叶子胜过不长叶子的花。

我偏爱尾巴没被截短的狗。

I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven’t mentioned here
to many things I’ve also left unsaid.

我偏爱淡色的眼睛,因为我是黑眼珠。

我偏爱书桌的抽屉。

我偏爱许多此处未提及的事物

胜过许多我也没有说到的事物。

I prefer zeroes on the loose
to those lined up behind a cipher.

我偏爱自由无拘的零

胜过排列在阿拉伯数字后面的零。

I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.

我偏爱昆虫的时间胜过星星的时间。

我偏爱敲击木头。

I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.

我偏爱不去问还要多久或什么时候。

我偏爱牢记此一可能——

存在的理由不假外求。